Courtesy of Tom Soares on the Lynyrd Skynyrd message board, “The band behind such classic American hits as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird” is the inspiration for the innovative new restaurant concept which opens early December at the iconic castle shaped casino (the Excalibur Hotel & Casino) on the Las Vegas Strip. It is appropriately called Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer. The rock n’ roll-inspired venue will feature classic hits, signature sips and the best down home, Texas-style BBQ to be found on the Las Vegas Strip.
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The philosophy at Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will quite simply be to rock the house. As guests walk in they will immediately be transported to a setting reminiscent of “Hell House,” the ram-shackled structure in the backwoods of Jacksonville where the Skynyrd sound originated. The décor will consist of collectible items, from original album covers and guitars hanging on the wall to never-before-seen artwork and band pictures. The center of the action will be the concert stage featuring a variety of cover bands and musical acts, including special performances from the legendary band throughout the year. Each night the enthusiastic bar staff will get the house swinging and singing by hopping up on the bars and stage, leading spontaneous sing-alongs to mash ups of classic Skynyrd songs, such as “What’s Your Name” and “Gimme Three Steps.”
“Paying homage to the venue’s famous namesake, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will embrace the band’s unique spirit and the lifestyle it so proudly defined,” says Gilbert, managing partner of Drive This! Entertainment. “We are honored to work with the rock legends to not only create a much-needed, authentic BBQ spot, but also a place for people to immerse themselves in an eclectic blend of rock, country and blues music.”
President of Excalibur and Luxor Renee West said, “Bringing the first and only Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer to Excalibur is exciting and will provide our guests with an exclusive, fun experience courtesy of one of the best bands of all time. From incredible sounds by rock star legends, including impromptu performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd throughout the year, to delicious food and drinks, this is a high-energy hotspot that will bring a new form of entertainment to the Las Vegas Strip.” I personally can’t think of a better way to spend your time than playing blackjack and then moving on to some tasty BBQ.
Guests may be drawn to the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, but they’ll want to stay and feast on delicious BBQ selections at the restaurant. Served up by the lively wait staff outfitted in the signature line of Lynyrd Skynyrd clothing, the menu will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites such as biscuits and gravy, ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Signature side dishes include coleslaw, baked beans, okra and macaroni and cheese. Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer also will offer an extensive selection of whiskey and bourbon in addition to creative and flavorful “shots” served from the Jack Daniels shot bar. A wide assortment of beers on tap and longnecks, including Texas favorites Shiner Bock and Lone Star will help quench any thirst.”
What do you think? Would you be interested in going to Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer?